Marianne Engebretsen - Something New (Album)

February 11, 2022

I don't know why, but I still have a certain attachment to music artists from Scandinavian countries. Whether it's Norway, Finland, Sweden, these guys really have that little something extra that makes the difference. So let's stop for a few moments in Oslo, the capital of Norway, to get to know Marianne Engebretsen.

It's been a few years since Marianne began to develop her talents as a singer-songwriter. Semi-finalist of the Norwegian version of The Voice, she never stopped working hard, again and again, to bring a touch of modernity and freshness to a pop that has been mistreated by radio stations in search of conformity.

She is releasing her new album "Something New" today, the title of which is perfectly appropriate. And I have to confess: as a music digger, I never have time to listen to an entire playlist, or even an album. When you have to deal with hundreds of songs a week, you don't even find time to listen to your own favorites. Even less to listen to entire albums. And yet, it happened. Thank you Marianne.

I first listened to "Something New", the title track, and I was bewitched by a delicious and warm voice. I felt like I was wrapped in cotton. I closed my eyes and thought "here we are. I wanted to choose my profession just to hear that kind of jewelry". Completely hypnotized by the super catchy melody of "Something New", and the notes mastered to perfection by Marianne's super vocal range, I couldn't stop after a single track.

The second started automatically, and I let myself be tempted. And be completely seduced. The same pattern repeated itself, song after song, and I ended up listening to the entire album, which hadn't happened to me in years. Each song has its own universe, its own story, but I think the whole thing is very coherent and logical. Featuring more electronic and more contemporary pop productions, such as "Strange to You" or "Summerdays", the album evolves, song after song, like a book would do, and tells us wonderful stories, through completely different and various chapters.

Until the wonderful "He Had a Name", which triggered the goosebumps I was waiting for. The buils is huge, and despite being one of the longest songs on the album (almost five minutes), we stay hooked and we don't want to miss a single second of this little gem. More oriented towards indie-rock, the track where Marianne lets loose in incredible lyrical flights on the final part gave me shivers down my spine and I was on the verge of crying. What power!

Can we still have a dose of emotion after this adrenaline-charged track? Yes! "I'll Sing Your Song" comes like a final bouquet of fireworks to finish you off, and to leave you speechless, your mouth wide open, wondering what has just happened. Heck yes! What talent! And what an artist!

A majestic musical epic, which made me feel a strange sensation when I looked at the clock. Almost an hour had passed without realizing it. Marianne Engebretsen managed to stop the time. She created like a spatio-temporal capsule, from which we come out more relaxed and peaceful than ever. A musical odyssey that deserved to be told about it today. An hour of free time slipping into your schedule soon? Now you know what to do with it, and you will absolutely not regret it.

Picture with courtesy of Malin Longva.

Reach out to Marianne Engebretsen

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Written with love by Niko. "Something New (the title track)" has been added to our "Indie Music" playlist on Spotify.


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